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Farm Name: Up in Apopka

Year Farm Established: 2010

Location: Apopka, FL

Years I’ve been farming: 4 years

Crops I grow: Carrots (Redcore), Cantaloupe, Bell Peppers
Eggplant, Butternut Squash
Acorn Squash, Super Sweet Tomatoes, Big Boy Tomatoes
Casper Pumpkins, Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins, Cucumbers
Watermelon, Green Beans
Okra, Sunflowers (Teddy Bear and Evening Sun), Basil
Rosemary, Nasturtiums
Oregano, Tarragon
Thyme, Lavender, Triple Curled Parsley, Italian Parsley, Dill


Hobbies I enjoy: Gardening, spending time with my wife and family, reading, playing video games

The proudest moment on my farm: When we ate our first batch of green beans that were grown from seed. YUM!

Pets: 2 mini-Rex Rabbits (1 black, 1 castor), 2 Red Diamond Doves

Farm Motto: Always make the most of what God gives you.


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  Well after successfully killing all the squash bugs and keeping their eggs from staying on any leaf for more than a day, we found a squash vine borer sitting on one of the leaves of our cukes. Needless to say we were pretty upset, and ended up removing 15-20 eggs from various plants. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to kill the SVB, so that means I'll be picking off eggs again until the season is over.

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05/17/2010 04:28.14 AM Report This Comment  
  We're starting to have issues with squash bugs now. I've killed 4 alone and my wife has killed 1, and we've smashed probably 30+ eggs on our pumpkin leaves. My wife found the one on the cucumbers yesterday, so I'll be checking all of them out today to see if I can find any new eggs. Little devils.

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05/12/2010 05:00.36 AM Report This Comment  
  The one pumpkin that is doing particularly well is the size of a large grapefruit now, possibly a little larger than that. I used a small strip of pantyhose to tie the vine loosely to the cattle panels so that it's not pulling the whole plant down. I'm going to have to get some kind of netting to hold the things up better now.

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05/06/2010 04:53.05 AM Report This Comment  
  We ended up using all 8 of the cattle panels, so they are all up and I've updated the main picture. The pumpkins are going absolutely crazy, and the cucumbers are starting to get to that stage too. All the vining plants with exception of the Watermelon and Cantaloupe are starting to climb. I imagine those two will get there soon, and the Watermelon will be there a little sooner too. On a side note out parsley has grown to almost 5 feet and is unfortunately starting to flower. I'm not real sure what to do with it other than try to cut it down, but I think it's too late to "save" it at this point.

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04/29/2010 03:46.25 AM Report This Comment  
  We bought some cattle fencing panels and t-posts and are now using those as trellises so we can grow this stuff in less space. We have the Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins, Casper White Pumpkins, Cucumbers, Watermelons, Cantaloupes, Acorn and Butternut Squash on these trellises.

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04/23/2010 05:25.16 AM Report This Comment  
  We added corn, Zucchini and yellow squash in the 4th row this past weekend. We're done planting for now until stuff starts to grow, don't want to get too busy now!

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04/15/2010 07:44.28 AM Report This Comment  
  We got our irrigation system all up and running to properly water everything here, including the additional garden areas we are planing on making.

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04/09/2010 08:12.02 AM Report This Comment  
  3 rows down and another row along the fence, along with a newly seeded bed of sunflowers. This stuff is just plain GREAT!

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04/07/2010 05:11.51 AM Report This Comment  
  The super heavy rains here were making me think half of my garden was going to wash away. We've got to come up with some kind of decent water path for when it rains again, because when summer comes it's going to be nearly every day.

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03/31/2010 04:09.10 AM Report This Comment  
  We've been digging like crazy and have 4 full rows done, one of which is along the fence (for herbs and pole beans).

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03/30/2010 03:31.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Now that the cold has finally gone away the seeds are starting to sprout! 4 of 6 cucumber plants have sprouted, along with 4 of 6 Nasturtiums, a few of the Italian beans and some green beans. Hopefully with the rain today and the sun for the rest of the week most of the others will sprout too.

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02/24/2010 06:04.01 AM Report This Comment  
  Now that we're getting ready to plan the garden, I'm not sure if we should just make rows and plant everything in the ground, or if we should make raised beds. I'm getting the site survey that was done a few years ago and hopefully it will include the pipes for the irrigation that is around the entire house, otherwise I'm afraid to dig in the ground as I don't want to burst the pipes. If we don't have the irrigation pipes layout should I go raised beds so as to be sure I don't disturb/break those pipes?

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02/11/2010 10:33.03 AM Report This Comment  
  We started some seeds in some small pots so that we can have sprouts by the time our garden area is ready for planting. Among the things we are planting we started watermelon, Italian beans, Burpless cucumbers, big boy tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and a few others that I can't seem to remember now.

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02/08/2010 05:52.43 AM Report This Comment  
  Well we finally got the house we wanted; it's on nearly 1/2 an acre, which is a HUGE change from our little apartment. Once we get all settled in we're going to plan and start our spring garden; I'll post pictures on the progress :)

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02/04/2010 07:47.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Greetings
I love that you farm on your balcony. It's great that you are getting so much out of the space. It's an inspiration.

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01/08/2010 04:51.45 PM Report This Comment  
  We had some nasty spores in the Simpson Lettuce container on Saturday. I sprayed the container and the surrounding containers with Safer 3-in-1 organic spray. I've used this stuff for other kinds of fungus and such before and it's worked extremely well, so hopefully it works on this. It's got such a weird smell though (it smells like donuts!).

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12/21/2009 08:57.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Everything is doing quite well. They are taking a very long time, much longer than they technically are supposed to, but the greens are all coming along quite nicely. The Indian Mustards' leaves are about 7-8 inches long, and the Simpson Elite lettuce leaves are all about 6 inches long. I hope we have fresh salad for Christmas dinner! On another note, the garlic has bounced back and is doing quite well.

We also got 3 Bird of Paradise plants that haven't flowered yet, and I'm not really sure when they are supposed to do that.

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12/04/2009 03:40.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Our Boug is officially in bloom. The lettuce, all but the spinach, is growing very well and will probably be done in time for Christmas. I think not being in full sun definitely hinders growth, as well as being in pots. They look good though, and we should be having fresh lettuce in our salads next month!

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11/25/2009 06:32.46 AM Report This Comment  
  The bougainvillea is finally getting a good amount of flowers. Only took 2 months!
Also the lettuce is taking a really long time to grow. We should be harvesting two of them this week and they are hardly bigger than large sprouts. Must be the growing-in-pots effect. :(

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11/02/2009 05:05.42 AM Report This Comment  
  One of our garlic plants died for some reason, I really don't know why. Thankfully the other two are doing well. Does anyone else grow garlic that would have any advice for me?

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10/22/2009 06:37.07 AM Report This Comment  
  The lettuce is really starting to grow now. We had a very cold weekend for Florida, was in the lower 50's at night and only 60ish during the day, so the lettuce is really happy. Had to fertilize the flowers a little bit since they were looking a bit pitiful, but they are looking better now. We had our first blooms in about a year on our Bouganvillea this weekend, and the plant is looking much healthier now; full, large dark green leaves and lots of branches. It's kind of outgrowing the small trellis we have for it too.

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10/19/2009 06:52.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Our Zinnias are starting to sprout more flowers. It's particularly funny because we had a bad rain storm here a few weeks ago and it bent about half of the Zinnias so that half of them are standing straight up and the other half are bending at about a 90 degree angle. The ones that are bent at a 90 degree angle have their flowers sticking straight up, and the new buds are coming out of the side of the stalks and sticking straight up. I'll have to take pictures when the buds open up.

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10/12/2009 09:54.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Very nice! I'm excited about getting bees, but don't know how long it's going to be until I have a place where I can keep them. I will definitely keep it in mind in the future.

All the lettuce and spinach has sprouted now. I can't wait til their ready to harvest!

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10/09/2009 03:24.08 AM Report This Comment  
  Bees and honey
Friend,
You asked how much honey I get from a hive. When starting out one can get 50 lbs of honey off a hive in the first year. From there it depends on how strong and healthy the hive is. I have hear of guys getting 200 lbs per hive.

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10/08/2009 07:56.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Could not wait the limes are off the tree. P2 pointed out that he got baby ones growing. Don't know if they will make it. I guess it's the rain we've been getting. I did not ferlized it like the books suggested. With this warm one day and cool the next. I was scared that if I did put out ferterlizer then the tree would bust when winter does come.

P2 is in the mood for apple cider and hopefully we will be able to get some made after his game on Saturday.

Hope you all have a safe weekend.

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10/08/2009 12:29.05 PM Report This Comment  
  The Mesclun mix started sprouting yesterday, and boy did it ever start! We've got like 15 little sprouts starting, which makes me think we should have started this one in the bigger pot!

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10/08/2009 03:19.45 AM Report This Comment  
  The only thing we've had on this tree so far is little grape-sized fruits that popped up last year. We didn't get anything this year for some reason, even though the tree looks healthy and has had new growth this year. My guess is that it's root bound now and doesn't like being in the pot any longer, but we don't have anywhere else to put it at the moment.

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10/07/2009 05:57.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Let me know (if you all don't mind) how the fruit tree did? P2 got a lime tree for Easter and he wants a lemon tree next year. Have no clue where to put the lemon tree. I have no protection from the north wind. But we are holding off picking his limes off the tree. We'd picked one a month back and I was suprised how thin the rhyne was. But it sure did make some good lime tea.

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10/06/2009 12:44.54 PM Report This Comment  
  I added some updated pictures that my wife took yesterday.

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10/06/2009 03:15.13 AM Report This Comment  
  That's like us with our pigs. I've got to call the man and see how the sows are doing.

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10/05/2009 08:50.23 AM Report This Comment  
  This weekend we planted a number of new crops including leaf luttuce (Simpson Elite), Spinach (Double Choice Hybrid), India Mustard Greens (Florida Broad Leaf), and Mesclun Classic mix which is a mix of 6 different kinds of lettuce.
We took the extremely small and lame looking Marigolds out of the window box that they were growing in and put them in smaller flower pots to grow individually. We put the Spinach in this large window box (3 plantings within the 18-inch long window box).
We put the India Mustard Greens in a large 15-inch round plastic terracotta colored pot, the mesclun mix in a 12-inch 3 gallon black plastic pot that an orange tree used to be in, and the Simpson Elite leaf lettuce in a 12-inch 2 gallon plastic pot.
We also transplanted our small parsley to a 10-inch 1.5 gallon pot that a butterfly bush came in. Here's hoping for some fresh lettuce and herbs just in time for Thanksgiving!

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10/05/2009 05:35.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Nice, thanks! They've got quite a stock of birds, I'll definitely have to keep them in mind. I know I've seen their ads in Hobby Farms Magazine many times before, but since I don't have anywhere to put such animals I've never looked at the site. Now I'm excited about the prospects :)

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10/02/2009 04:09.09 AM Report This Comment  
  Check out Ideals website for the guanieas. They have a $25.00 order limit on keets and chicks. But depending on the time of year they will put in roos to keep your ofer warm. The receipt on the box will let you know if they included roos or not. I love that place. The people are easy to talk to and give good advice before and after your order. We got a mix 2 white, 2 pearl, and 2 lavenders. Our son love the pearl, I'd rather the lavenders and we both agree that we will get either purple or cobalt next year. But we got to get the piglets in and settled before getting any more babbies besides the calves that are born on the place. Life is fun as long as you know you can make another day.

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10/01/2009 08:47.27 AM Report This Comment  
  We harvested the carrots over the weekend. This was the first time we've tried to grow carrots and it was mildly successful. I think we planted them in March, and the seed said 180 days to harvest, however it seems like they either don't like being grown in a large round plastic container, or they didn't like the soil or climate here. I'm going to have to search around for more carrots because they were really fun to grow. My two rabbits ended up having a hay day with them though, and they ate all 6 miniature carrots throughout the day on Saturday. The carrots ranged from a paltry 3 inches long, 1/2 inch wide for the largest one, to somewhere around 1/2 a centimeter in length for the smallest one. Rabbits seem to enjoy the green leaves of the carrots much better than the actual carrot itself, funny enough.

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10/01/2009 08:43.17 AM Report This Comment  
  We actually just started growing the Garlic a little over a month ago, so they haven't flowered yet. I'm not sure what kind of garlic it is, as I just grabbed 3 cloves from garlic that I bought from the grocery store and planted it. All 3 sprouted within 3 days. They certainly are quick little suckers! We grow them in pots on the table that you see in the picture.

We're working on getting a house now, but it's great fun to be able to even do this while we're still in this little apartment.

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10/01/2009 04:11.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Awesome name.

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09/30/2009 10:05.27 PM Report This Comment  
  i love it. "Urban farming" is becoming more and more important. good luck!

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09/30/2009 06:25.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome to the site.

Do you grow your garlic inside or out? What kind of garlic do you grow? I love the flowers that they make and we dry the flowers once they opened for a day or two.

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09/30/2009 01:01.47 PM Report This Comment  

 



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